Russell and Sheri Liles, two of our newest Smoky Mountain Field School instructors, were featured in today’s News Sentinel for their rewarding work as owners of a sustainable organic farm in Blount County.

Food writer Mary Constantine and photojournalist J. Miles Cary recently visited the Liles at their seven-acre farm, which includes chickens, llamas, Angora bunnies, and assorted fruits and vegetables.

When they’re not farming or working their other jobs, the couple leads overnight hikes to Mt. LeConte for the Smoky Mountain Field School.

“Russell is the soul of patience and good will, and I think they like the fact that I’m a nurse practitioner and can help out if need be, so they asked us if we would lead the hikes for them,” Sheri Liles told the News Sentinel. “It’s a little respite from farming.”

They are scheduled to lead one more overnight hike to LeConte in 2010, and will make the strenuous trek up the mountain to LeConte Lodge with about 20 hardy souls on Saturday, October 30.

Spaces are still available but will likely fill up quickly. Online registration is available.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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